2021 Civic Learning & Democratic Engagement (CLDE) Meeting (VIRTUAL): Speakers

Terry Brown

Terry BrownTerry Brown is vice president for Academic Innovation and Transformation at AASCU. She oversees a division that provides programming and services to help members fulfill their academic mission, primarily in the areas of civic engagement, international education, student success, and teacher education. She is an advocate for accessible, affordable public higher education. In nearly 20 years of academic leadership, Brown has led colleges and universities in integrated and strategic academic and enrollment planning, aligning budget and space resources to academic priorities. As a first-generation college student, Brown is committed to student success and spearheaded several efforts to increase college completion.

Candace Dodson-Reed

Candace Dodson-Reed

Candace Dodson-Reed serves as the chief of staff to the president and executive director, Office of Equity and Inclusion at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). Prior to her appointment in 2018, Candace was the assistant vice president of communications and public affairs at UMBC; a vice president at the Greater Baltimore Committee; and, for almost eight years, served as the deputy chief of staff/director of constituent and community affairs for Howard County Government.

In 2012, Candace founded the African American Community Roundtable of Howard County, an umbrella group that connects members of the local black community. Candace serves as an appointed commissioner on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights-Maryland State Advisory Committee, on the American Forests Board, on the Maryland League of Conservation Voters board, and on the Women's Giving Circle of Howard County Board.

Candace graduated from UMBC with a B.A. in English and received her graduate degree from the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. She also graduated from the Institute for Educational Management at The Harvard University Graduate School of Education and completed Cornell University’s Diversity and Inclusion Certificate Program.

In 2020, Candace was named a Maryland Top 100 Woman. She is the very proud mother of a college junior.

Stedman Graham

Stedman Graham

Stedman Graham is a business advisor, chairman, and CEO of S. Graham & Associates, a management and marketing consulting firm. He is the author of 12 books, including two New York Times bestsellers and one Wall Street Journal bestseller.

As a businessman, educator, and speaker, Graham lectures and conducts training programs for corporations and educational organizations worldwide on the topic of identity leadership, based on the philosophy that one cannot lead anyone else until you first lead yourself. He has delivered Identity Leadership programs in the Netherlands, Germany, China, Canada, the U.K., Bermuda, and South Africa.

Graham is honored as a distinguished visiting professor at colleges and universities throughout the country. He is a former adjunct professor at the Northwestern Kellogg School of Business, where he taught the course “The Dynamics of Leadership.” Graham’s clients include Gulfstream, Aerospace, Microsoft, Deloitte, Wells Fargo, Lenovo, General Dynamics, and the U.S. Departments of Labor and Education.

As a proud native of Whitesboro, New Jersey, Graham has demonstrated an enduring dedication to youth and community. His New York Times bestseller, Teens Can Make It Happen, has become a program utilized in numerous middle and high schools in the U.S. and abroad.

Richard Haass

Richard HaassRichard Haass is a veteran diplomat, a prominent voice on American foreign policy, and an established leader of nonprofit institutions. He is in his 18th year as president of the Council on Foreign Relations, an independent, nonpartisan membership organization, think tank, publisher, and educational institution dedicated to being a resource to help people better understand the world and the foreign policy choices facing the United States and other countries.

Laura S. Hamilton

Laura Hamilton

Laura S. Hamilton is associate vice president of research centers at ETS. She leads a portfolio of research on assessment and learning related to K-12, postsecondary education, and workforce development, and she serves as Eignor executive editor for ETS. Prior to joining ETS, she served as distinguished chair in learning and assessment at the RAND Corporation, directed the RAND Center for Social and Emotional Learning Research, and codirected the American Educator Panels.

Her research focuses on promoting effective use of assessment data to support social, emotional, and academic learning and on providing evidence-based guidance to local and state education leaders. She explores how civic education contributes to a more equitable and informed society. Her work has been published in academic journals and policy reports.

She serves on numerous committees and panels, the steering committee for the CASEL Assessment Work Group, and the technical advisory committees for several state assessment programs. She’s an associate editor of Educational Researcher and an editorial board member for the Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness and Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis. In 2020, she received the Joseph A. Zins Award for Social and Emotional Learning Action Research. She holds a Ph.D. in educational psychology and an M.S. in statistics from Stanford University. 

Mark Kassen

Mark KassenMark Kassen is a Golden Globe and Emmy-nominated filmmaker, playwright, and actor. He is executive chairman and founder of Like-Minded Media Ventures and co-founder of A Starting Point. 

Jennifer Kavanagh

Jennifer Kavanagh

Jennifer Kavanagh is director of the Strategy, Doctrine, and Resources Program in the RAND Arroyo Center and a senior political scientist at the RAND Corporation. She also leads RAND’s Countering Truth Decay initiative, a portfolio of projects exploring the diminishing reliance on facts and analysis in U.S. political and civil discourse.

Her research focuses on U.S. defense strategy, international conflict and military interventions, disinformation, and the relationship between U.S. political and media institutions. 

She is a faculty member at the Pardee RAND Graduate School and also teaches research methods courses as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University. Kavanagh graduated from Harvard University with a B.A. in government and a minor in Russian language. She earned her Ph.D. in political science and public policy at the University of Michigan.

Irwin Kirsch

Irwin Kirsch

In his role as director of the Center for Global Assessment at ETS, Irwin Kirsch oversees several teams of research scientists, assessment designers, and platform engineers who are responsible for the development, management and implementation of large-scale national and international assessments.

Over the course of his career, Kirsch has worked in close collaboration with a number of states and national and international organizations including the U.S. Departments of Education and Labor, the World Bank, UNESCO, the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement, and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. He oversees the development and conduct of the two largest international assessments that provide policy makers and key stakeholders with national and international comparative data on literacy and workforce preparedness: PIAAC and PISA.

In addition to his assessment work, Kirsch is a member of the ETS research management team, serves on the board of a nonprofit literacy organization, and is a reviewer for several journals.  He has published numerous research articles and book chapters dealing with issues around designing, developing, and interpreting cognitive-based scales and has written a number of policy reports using large-scale assessment data that focus on the growing importance of skills and their connections to life outcomes.  

Anahi Martinez

Anahi MartinezAnahi Martinez’s hometown is Escondido, California. She is a senior majoring in history and minoring in Asian studies at California State University, Chico (CSUC). She is a student assistant for the Office of Civic Engagement at CSUC, and she is president of the Beta Tau chapter for Phi Sigma Iota, the International Foreign Language Honor Society. She has great interest in politics and educating others about government and history, and she plans to enter a teaching credential program after graduating to become a high school history teacher.

Byron McCrae

Byron McCraeByron McCrae serves as vice president for student life and dean of students at Davidson College (N.C.). In this role, he advises the Honor Council and student government and is also the campus liaison to the Watson Fellowship Foundation. He works with the chaplain’s office, civic engagement, the college union, counseling and health services, diversity and inclusion, residence life, student conduct, and case management; fraternities, sororities and eating houses; outdoor programs; and a resource center that provides meal options, career clothing, and textbooks for loan.

McCrae was previously the vice president for student affairs and dean of students at Hampshire College (Mass.), having joined that campus community in May 2013. His portfolio of responsibilities included campus leadership and activities, campus police, the Career Options Resource Center, health and counseling services, the Lebron-Wiggins-Pran Cultural Center, multicultural and international student services, new student orientation, OPRA (Outdoor Programs, Recreation and Athletics), Prescott Tavern and the TavernArts Gallery, a Queer Community Alliance Center, residence life, spiritual life, student conduct, transfer student life, wellness promotion, and the Women's Center/Center for Feminism.

Michael T. Nettles

Michael Nettles

Michael Nettles has a national reputation as a policy researcher on educational assessment, student performance and achievement, and educational equity. His publications reflect his broad interest in public policy, student and faculty access, opportunity, achievement, and assessment at both the K-12 and postsecondary levels.

In August 2014, President Barack Obama appointed Nettles to the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans. He was appointed by two U.S. Secretaries of Education to serve on the National Assessment Governing Board, which oversees and develops policies for the National Assessment of Educational Progress. He also served for eight years on both the College Board of Trustees and the GRE Board.

Nettles now serves as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Southern Education Foundation, member of the Board of Trustees of the Peddie School, member of the Board of Directors of the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education, and member of the Board of Directors of the Urban League of Middle Tennessee.

Nettles earned his bachelor’s degree in political science at the University of Tennessee. He earned master’s degrees in political science and higher education and a Ph.D. in education at Iowa State University.

Willie Redmond

Willie Redmond

Willie Redmond earned a Ph.D. in economics and an MBA from the University of South Carolina. He has been at Southeast Missouri State University for 21 years, where he is the director of international business programs and a professor of economics.

He is active with international business study abroad programs and has led more than 30 student study abroad tours. He has also taught international business and economics courses in Finland, Germany, and the Netherlands.

At Southeast Missouri State, he also teaches the graduate and undergraduate “Capstone” Business Administration courses in strategic management, as well as courses in international economics. He has participated in two American Democracy Project programs: the Global Engagement Initiative and the Global Civic Literacy Initiative with World 101 from the Council on Foreign Relations.

Andrew Wiemer

Andrew Wiemer

Andrew Wiemer earned his B.A. in Business Administration (Management) from Doane University (Neb.) and his M.S. in College Student Personnel Services and Administration from the University of Central Arkansas.

He serves as the director of the Butler Center for Volunteer Service and Leadership Development at the University of Miami and is also a Ph.D. candidate pursuing his Doctorate in Education and Human Resource Studies with specialization in Higher Education Administration from Colorado State University. In addition to serving as an administrator in higher education, he is an adjunct faculty member at Miami Dade College Kendall Campus in the Social Sciences Department, teaching student life skills courses.

His responsibilities at the University of Miami include administrative oversight of leadership programing, voter efforts, and helping students engage in the community through volunteerism. His role is to help create positive social change in the community and support the nonprofit organizations in the Miami Dade Community and throughout the world.

He serves as the chair of the Athletic Coast Conference Leadership Symposium, co-chair of the LGBTQ Faculty & Staff Network, a member on the UM President’s Campus Coalition on Sexual Violence Prevention and Education, and a UDialogue Facilitator for the Intergroup Dialogue program. 



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